Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 2013 Release Day on Navona and Ravello

Today Navona and Ravello Records release seven PARMA-produced projects: ISLAS, MESSENGER, THE MUSIC OF SPARKY DAVIS, SHAKESPEARE'S MEMORY, KEYBOARD3, SPECTRAL BLUES, and THE ETERNAL TAO. Click "Read more" for info on each release and links to the catalog pages on the label websites.


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ISLAS
Juan Sebastián Lach Lau
Navona Records NV5894

Mexican composer Juan Sebastián Lach Lau's music presents an amalgam of technology and sound, blending programming and algorithmic generation with traditional instruments, creating diverse, unique works that define their own aesthetic. The six pieces on ISLAS are presented as musical islands, each its own labyrinth, isolated and cut out from the others while sharing some underwater features through the molten rock that chains them together. Each island is a world within a world, a point of view that contains others within it. 



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MESSENGER AND OTHER WORKS
Jeffrey Stadelman
Navona Records NV5896

Stadelman's unusual, arresting, exacting musical voice has evolved over 25 years, amounting to a complex musical practice that suggests no obvious counterpart. MESSENGER includes a variety of his orchestral, instrumental, and electroacoustic works: Messenger for orchestra, an ode to the universal language of our bodies, music, and dreams; Nine Bagatelles for piano and recorded sound, a conversation between the piano and electronic distortions; Evans House for flute, a series of observations of suburban Buffalo; and the electroacoustic Koral 19, a fragment of a piece involving hundreds of segments. 


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THE MUSIC OF SPARKY DAVIS
Sparky Davis
Navona Records NV5897

About 100 years ago, classical music made a jagged turn away from the harmonic structures that had comprised its underpinnings for several centuries. This departure was initially dubbed atonalism, and opposed the functional harmony that prevailed during the great musical flourishing of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Composer Sparky Davis, who takes a "modern, not modernistic" approach to writing his music, continues this forward movement, expanding the vocabulary of music to include non-traditional elements and adding to the functional uses of long-established note combinations.


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SHAKESPEARE'S MEMORY
Joseph Summer
Navona Records NV5899

SHAKESPEARE'S MEMORY is the first offering The Shakespeare Concerts Series. A salmagundi of selections from Summer's The Oxford Songs, this album includes previously unreleased recordings spanning the life of the series. This first volume includes Summer's original chamber and vocal compositions set to Shakespeare's dramas and sonnets and the poetry of Milton and Yeats, performed by a slew of musicians: the Kalmia String Quartet, baritone Chad Sloan, soprano Andrea Chenoweth, mezzo-soprano Kellie Van Horn, tenor Justin Vickers, pianists Miroslav Sekera and Ian Watson, and harpist Lydie Härtelovä. 


KEYBOARD3
Sergio Cervetti
Navona Records NV5900

KEYBOARD3 - Navona's second all-Sergio Cervetti album - takes the listener to a world of kinetic and emotionally charged sound forged from three keyboard instruments. Sometimes it is the pianoforte, the king of instruments or the double keyboard of the harpsichord. Moments where melody and counterpoint reflect a phrase from the literature of Milton, the shifting syncopations of dance, emotions from bittersweet opera or the fluidity of the Magellan clouds and the shimmering Antarctic are given structure and concept in six works by Cervetti for piano, harpsichord, and organ.



SPECTRAL BLUES
Alex Lubet
Ravello Records RR7865

Lifelong guitarist Alex Lubet has created a unique niche, combining his instrumental experience with his traditional studies of composition. On SPECTRAL BLUES, a full album of his works for steel-string acoustic guitar, Lubet combines the characteristics of blues and Eastern styles with classical methods of composition to create remarkably unique pieces that push the boundaries of the instrument. Combining natural harmonies with single-string multiphonics and dyads, Doppler bends, and more, Lubet presents multi-layered guitar music with an edge. 




THE ETERNAL TAO
Kyong Mee Choi
Ravello Records RR7866

A one-act multimedia opera for voices instruments, video, electronics, dancers, and lighting presenting the text of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching translated and re-imagined in the context of modern society. Through this opera - which has parallels with traditional opera, but differs from singer-oriented opera in the sense that the vocalists are a part of the ensemble as a whole - composer, director, and choreographer Choi seeks to have viewers experience a shared moment of seeing ourselves with open eyes and understand our purpose in the world. 


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